HUD gives Cincy millions to help homelessness

Logo from Strategies to End Homelessness
Logo from Strategies to End Homelessness

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded nearly $201 million to 731 new programs focused on addressing homelessness.

The funding will help provide re-housing, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families.

Cincinnati received more than $2.6 million from HUD.

The funding will be used by Freestore Foodbank, Lighthouse Youth Services,  Salvation Army, Center for Independent Living Options and Prospect House.

In addition to these new dollars, HUD previously awarded $1.47 billion to renew funding to more than 7,100 existing local homeless programs operating across the U.S.

That funding ensured housing and service programs continued operating in 2012.

The grants announced this week will support new local programs never before funded by HUD and will help replace federal stimulus funding for rapid re-housing that expires later this year.

"These grantees will join the tens of thousands of local programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets," said HUD director Shaun Donovan.

According to the latest data reported by more than 3,000 cities and counties throughout the U.S., homelessness declined 2.1 percent between 2010 and 2011 and dropped a remarkable 12 percent among military veterans.

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